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The Woodcarvers Reward

He walked along the beach a man forlorn Forgotten were his dreams, his heart was torn The gentle waves spoke of the years gone by And drew salt water down from saddened eye He saw some driftwood lying on the shore It sparked his interest and he longed for more He touched it gently, to his great delight Sandalwood he’d found: passion to ignite The need to carve once more came to his mind A joy he’d lost and could no longer find He took it home, that battered piece of wood With hopes to turn it into something good A mane of hair took shape beneath his hands Flowing waves of curly wooden strands Round shoulders of the woman of his dreams And breasts and waist of beauty carved supreme Gracefully her form began to take on shape When he was done he stood there mouth agape She was a goddess made of his desire A love for her consumed him like a fire At night he wished upon a falling star She’d come to life and chase his sorrows far He looked at her before he fell asleep And smiled for he’d forgotten how to weep He felt a stirring there beside his bed A presence seemed to hover near his head He looked upon his statue now in flesh Her body like a breeze was young and fresh She pressed her lips so gently over his “I need to tell you, love, listen to this I was discarded, battered, wounded sore I chose to be a part of life no more You saw in me my hidden beauty fine Your wish has reached the heart of the Divine I stand before you, answer to your prayer Sent to give you love and tend’rest care.” She kissed his lips, and veiled him in her hair His tears she wiped, this answer to his prayer With him she lay, her breast his pillow sweet The richest fare of sandalwood, his treat What else transpires is curtained from our sight Burning sandalwood…..scents the glowing night Eileen Manassian Ghali

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 11/15/2013 10:50:00 AM
A tremendous poem... so very well written. A favorite of mine.
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Date: 11/11/2013 9:42:00 AM
Hi Eileen, I hope you had a great day.
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Date: 11/11/2013 4:39:00 AM
Eileen, this is a marvel of poetry, a symphony of ideas coming to life, incarnating our deepest desires of our noblest thoughts to come true! You are the finest woodcarver of poetry! 7!!
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Date: 11/10/2013 2:57:00 PM
Hi Eileen, A most creative and charming write! Ken
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Date: 11/10/2013 8:16:00 AM
What a tale. What reverent, gripping emotions in this writing. You have outdone yourself, again. Keep this up. "I stand before you"...vital words. Tremendous job.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 8:20:00 AM
:) Hi DRAKE!!!! WELCOME! I've missed ya! Hope all is well...thanks ever so much for your wonderful post. As always.....you bring joy! :)
Date: 11/10/2013 7:11:00 AM
dazzling beautiful piece
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:39:00 AM
I like dazzling...thanks, Liam. Your latest is dazzling as well!!!!
Date: 11/10/2013 4:12:00 AM
Good morning Eileen.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:39:00 AM
I love the morning greeting, Richard. Thank you! :)
Date: 11/9/2013 9:53:00 PM
a story to remember with shades of pygmalion or something near to it, eileen... you shine bright!... smashin'!..:) huggs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:40:00 AM
Thanks, Nette. I should remember Pygmalion, but I don't. Will look it up. I'm curious now! Thanks, dear...hugs
Date: 11/9/2013 8:20:00 PM
Yet another one of yours off to my fave file and also my personal one. You've outdone yourself this time, my talented girlfriend. Like your subject you gave life to this piece of art. Open up that curtain. These things are best not left to my imagination (lol). Good going, girlfriend. You've got the gift. Smoochahuggies, girlfriend. Licia XOXOXOXOX
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:42:00 AM
SMOOCHAHUGGIES....GIRLFRIEND! You ROCK!!!! Thanks, hon. I'm glad you liked this. It just come to my mind. I read about sandalwood in a poem long ago, and I liked the sound of it. Glad you liked this. I'm honored. HUGSSSS!!!!!
Date: 11/9/2013 6:42:00 PM
This poem is beyond beautiful dearest Eileen..Amazing thoughts penned.Tnks for the journey to this fantastic fantasy world.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:43:00 AM
WOW! Beyond beautiful! What a lovely place. Thanks, my sweet! I always am touched by your visits! :) Hugs hugs hugs!!!!!
Date: 11/9/2013 6:20:00 PM
see comment below.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 7:43:00 AM
;)
Date: 11/9/2013 4:33:00 PM
Very nice... Terry
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 4:52:00 PM
Thanks, Terry. I do appreciate it!
Date: 11/9/2013 3:33:00 PM
Love this story my little Desert Orchid, I carve a little, mostly in flat wood cut offs, horses mainly, think I'll try a woman next, see if I get lucky haha. Wonderful write. Take care, Richard
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Richard D Seal
Date: 11/10/2013 4:41:00 PM
Rick you're going to get us into trouble mate lol :):):)
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Richard D Seal
Date: 11/10/2013 4:40:00 PM
Come on you jockeys, get off me back, quit riding me lol. Have you never of the famous race horse 'Desert Orchid', now if I could bring that one back to life we'd all be winners HAH, and Licia, young ladies should always listen to their mothers, mothers know best haha
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 8:01:00 AM
HA HA HA HA HA HA! Licia...both of these Richards seem to be naughty! Hmmmmmmm....I've long been toying with the idea of writing a poem about these two who share the same name....I was going to call it..."Naughty and Nice!" Hmmmmm....It seems the title must read Naughty and Naughty! HA HA! Please...do send him a pic. I would....but he would lots a big big chunk of wood! ;) HA HA HA! Oh Licia...we aren't any better!
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delysia hendricks
Date: 11/10/2013 7:58:00 AM
Hahaha. I'm not sure which Richard my mother warned me against but she should have warned me against both. Sharp answer, Richard Lamoureux. Richard Seale, I'll send you a pic to practice on (wink, wink).
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/10/2013 1:00:00 AM
Richard Lamoureux....You are becoming naughty as well! ;) I wonder what Richard Seal will say that this. HA HA! Good one!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 11/9/2013 6:21:00 PM
Either way there will be some riding involved.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 4:53:00 PM
Oh dear me!!! Better switch to a woman soon! You wouldn't want that horse to come to life! HA HA HA HA HA! Mr Seal.........YOU CRACK ME UP! ;) Dear me. Whittle away! Good luck! ;)
Date: 11/9/2013 11:32:00 AM
I find myself really taken with this - unusual for me, as I'm not normally a great fan of 'story' poems, but it really drew me in and held my attention from first line to last; I think it's really well written, and it somehow reminds me of that fairy tale about the snow maiden who came to life - only a more sensual take! this is the second time lately that I've been impressed by an iambic pentameter poem...:)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 4:59:00 PM
:) Thanks, Charlotte. I was going to free verse this one, but somehow, it begged to be in rhyme. I was going for sonnet, but that wasn't enough for me to bring the story to life, so........iambic pentameter it is. I'm so uplifted by your lovely post. Your honesty speaks to me. Hugs
Date: 11/9/2013 9:01:00 AM
My oh my this is beyond exceptional! Love it, love it, love it!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 11/9/2013 6:20:00 PM
You would be correct. I can see this being turned into a short film.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 4:50:00 PM
And I love this post, Richard..........I feel that you really do! Thanks!!! Ever so much!!!
Date: 11/9/2013 8:06:00 AM
a wonderful story, beautifully written!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 8:07:00 AM
Ilene....Thanks. Sorry for not visiting as often....I will come to see what you have posted soon. Hugs! :)
Date: 11/9/2013 8:03:00 AM
- So romantic and beautifully written Eileen, a amazing poem!! - Love it!! - Have a beautiful weekend dear friend. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/9/2013 8:07:00 AM
Thanks, Sunshine! So lovely to have your smiling face here on my page. Love you, Anne Lise....Hugs!